A Dictionary of Family History: The Genealogists’ ABC
by Jonathan Scott
|This is exactly as it says, a dictionary. However, it covers a bit more than a normal dictionary would. In some of the entries there are tips and clues of how to navigate the looked up entry. For example, if you look up German Lutheran Church, it gives a description and then steps outlines on how to go about your search. Some entries have this and some don’t. It also addresses a lot of historical colloquialisms. What the heck is a fish-fag or a moonraker? This is great for someone first starting out looking for Ancestors in the United Kingdom that does not live there.|
Part encyclopedia, part dictionary, part almanac Jonathan Scott’s Dictionary of Family History doesn’t claim to be exhaustive, but it is practical, easy to use, entertaining and genuinely informative. It is the kind of book you can dip into or use as a starting point for deeper study, and it is the essential companion for experienced family historians and for anyone who is approaching this fascinating subject for the first time.
Thousands of A to Z entries are full of intriguing facts. There are definitions, timelines and terminologies, details of archives and websites as well as advice on research methods and explanations of genealogical peculiarities and puzzles that would test the knowledge of even veteran researchers. Longer entries explaining the mechanics of the first census and other major sources and records rub shoulders with simple one-line definitions of obscure terms, useful addresses and signposts to little-known but rewarding corners of family, local and social history.